Karnataka govt increases compensation amount for flood affected people

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October 21, 2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 21: The Karnataka government on Wednesday increased the compensation amount paid to the rain/flood affected people.

According to the government, a compensation of Rs 5 lakh will be paid for those who house is completely or 75 per cent damaged by the floods. Rs 3 Lakh will be paid for repairing of houses partially damaged.

If the damage is 15 to 25 percent the compensation paid will be Rs 50,000.

Rs 10,000 has beeen sanctioned for emergency funds to families in the flood affected areas.

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November 30,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 30: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s political secretary NR Santhosh got discharged from the hospital Monday, denying that he had attempted suicide. Santhosh, 31, was hospitalized last Friday evening allegedly due to an overdose of sleeping pills.

“Three days ago, there was a personal, family event. It was my cousin brother’s marriage. There, I suffered from food indigestion. I ended up taking a different medicine and due to an overdose, I got drowsy. My wife rushed me to the hospital. This was just a mistake,” Santhosh told reporters.

“I do have the habit of taking sleeping tablets. I usually take 0.2 mg and I should’ve consumed a half tablet. Instead, I took a full one that made me drowsy,” he said.

At one point, Santhosh refuted the police FIR and the hospital’s information that he had consumed 12 sleeping pills.

“I’ve seen the FIR. Where does it say 12 tablets,” he asked. When reporters showed the FIR copy, Santhosh clarified: “FIR means ‘first information received’. Once I gained consciousness, I gave the right answer.”

Santhosh, who is Yediyurappa’s grand-nephew, said there was no political pressure on him. “Let me tell you, there’s always political pressure, but I’m not someone who’d take pills because of it,” he said, adding that there was no pressure on him to resign as the CM’s political secretary.

“I am not depressed. I have strong will power. The wrestling ring in which I grew up will keep me strong for the next fifty years,” he said.

Hitting out at Congress president DK Shivakumar for claiming that a video was behind Santhosh’s suspected suicide, he said: “It’s not the first time Shivakumar has spoken like this. Earlier, he claimed I had some diary. Maybe he has lost his mind after the Rajarajeshwarinagar bypoll defeat. He should get admitted to a hospital or take a break.”

Threatening Shivakumar with protest, Santhosh said that he would mobilize a lakh people in Bengaluru if anything bad was spoken against Yediyurappa.

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November 20,2020

To give students an insight into future competitive exams, irrespective of the field they pursue, CFAL is conducting an All-India level Scholarship Exam, Mangalore Talent Search Contest (MTSC) on December 06, 2020.

 The objective of this exam is to identify students who have the ability to clear National and international level exams, and also give them exposure to the kind of questions asked in these exams.  The last time India gave the PISA test in 2009, only students from Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Naidu attended the test and it ranked 72nd among 73 countries. Since then, there are a lot more changes done, and the current NEP is one of the steps to improve the quality of education in the country. India will try to give the PISA test in 2021 and probably will be restricted to the students of KV, Sainik schools and the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. The MTSC gives exposure to students on the kinds of questions that are asked in those exams, its test the student’s critical thinking, logical reasoning, approach and concepts at various levels. It will be a centre-less exam, meaning that test takers do not have to go anywhere and can attend it from the comfort of their houses.

Students are required to register for free on www.learn.ignus.in, after which a User ID/password will be sent to them. To familiarize students with the test module, access will also be given to the previous years’ question papers once a student registers.

The questions will test the knowledge in Environmental science, Mathematics, Logical Reasoning for Class 5th and 6th  and students of Class 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th will be tested in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Logical reasoning. The Top students will be eligible for prizes worth Rs. 1, 00,000/- and scholarships to various programs at CFAL. All the registered students will also receive career guidance and mentoring sessions on how to prepare for other national level exams.

With India preparing to appear in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2021, exams like TIMSS and PIRLS and the New Education Policy emphasising on students’ participation at International competitions like Olympiads, examinations like MTSC aim to give students the right exposure to prepare them for such contests. MTSC will help students determine their strengths and understand where they stand at the national level, besides it also helps schools address their areas of improvement and suggest ways on how they could improve to help students succeed in International exams.

For further information contact:

CFAL, Bejai- Kapikad, Mangaluru

Phone: 9900520233

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November 25,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 25: A new report titled “Tobacco Control Law in India – Origins and Proposed Reforms” released on Tuesday revealed that there are glaring gaps in the existing tobacco control legislation COTPA 2003.

In a release issued by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and submitted to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently, had noted that amoking areas are allowed in restaurants, hotels and airports despite a ban on smoking places in India; tobacco advertisements and products are prominently displayed in stores and kiosks despite a ban on advertising and the existing penalties under COTPA 2003 are not sufficient.

It also noted that the sale of single stick cigarettes and other loose tobacco products is the norm in India; emission yields which are mentioned on cigarette packets often give a misleading impression are some of the gaps in the existing tobacco control legislation COTPA 2003, which makes it ineffective for regulating tobacco consumption and exposure to second hand smoke in India, revealed the report.

This report is intended as a comprehensive analysis of COTPA 2003, identifying the gaps therein, and proposing reforms which are in consonance with the recommendations of the parliamentary committees, best practices adopted by other countries and the guidelines specified under the global public health treaty on tobacco control, World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

“The harmful effects of tobacco use are well established and accepted globally. Through this report the Chair on Consumer Law and Practice, NLSIU has made a rigorous effort to identify gaps in the existing tobacco control laws of India (COTPA 2003). The report recommends legislative reforms based on the global public health treaty, FCTC, to which India is a signatory as well as best practices adopted by other countries. We hope that the Government will consider these recommendations while proposing a comprehensive COTPA Amendment Bill”, said Prof. (Dr.) Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Vice Chancellor, NLSIU.

NLSIU report has proposed these recommendations for COTPA amendment: prohibit designated smoking areas at public places by removing the provision that allows for any smoking areas or spaces; prohibit all point of sale advertising; prohibit tobacco product displays in stores and kiosks; specify that advertising is banned in new internet based medium; prohibit all tobacco company sponsorship including corporate social responsibility activities; prohibit the display of emission yield figures; regulate contents and emissions including a ban on all flavored tobacco; allow for greater regulation of tobacco packaging; increase the age of sale from 18 to 21; prohibit the sale of single sticks, loose tobacco or smaller packs and increase the penalties for violations.

“Medical science clearly recognizes tobacco as the single most significant cause of mortality and morbidity across the globe. The State`s primary duty is of improving and protecting public health under the Constitution of India. The recommendations from the NLSIU report need to be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare immediately by amending COTPA 2003 if India is serious about reducing tobacco use and protect Right to Health guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India,” said Former Chief Justice of India Hon’ble Justice M N Venkatachaliah.

“There is ample evidence about tobacco products being the killer. These should be made inaccessible to save Indians from a lifetime of misery and suffering. It is critical to strengthen the country’s tobacco control law to galvanize the ongoing efforts to check the tobacco epidemic in India, especially during these challenging times,” said Dr Vishal Rao, renowned oncologist and Member of High Power Committee on Tobacco Control, Govt of Karnataka.

India has the second largest number of tobacco users (268 million or 28.6% of all adults in India) in the world – of these at least 1.2 million die every year from tobacco related diseases. One million deaths are due to smoking, with over 200,000 due to secondhand smoke exposure, and over 35,000 are due to smokeless tobacco use. Nearly 27% of all cancers in India are due to tobacco usage. The total direct and indirect cost of diseases attributable to tobacco use was a staggering Rs 1,82,000 crore which is nearly 1.8% of India’s GDP.

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